U.S. Oil Building Three GAIN Clean Fuel CNG Stations

Will supply Time Transport fleet, but will be open to public

U.S. Oil GAIN CNG (CSP Daily News / Convenience Store Petroleum)

APPLETON, Wis. -- Time Transport Inc. is partnering with U.S. Oil for the addition of three new GAIN Clean Fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) stations to supply Time's CNG fleet. One GAIN station located south of Milwaukee along I-94 in Sturtevant, Wis., opened on April 7. The other two will be located in the greater Chicago area, one near Channahon, Il., at I-80/I-55 and one in Hodgkins, Ill., at I-294/I-55.

The three new stations, like all other GAIN stations, will provide easy-access, fast-fill capabilities, are strategically located for carriers along major shipping corridors and will be open for public use. The stations also have fleet card acceptance capabilities for trucker convenience and provide reliability to ensure that fleets have a consistent fuel source.

The partnership helps Time Transport accomplish its mission of becoming more environmentally friendly while maintaining significant operational capabilities in Chicago. "Our sustainability efforts are a large part of our company's strategic planning," said Mike Buchmeier, vice president of Time Transport, Inc. "There is currently a gaping hole in the CNG infrastructure for heavy-duty trucks in Chicago, the 3rd largest city in the US. This partnership will allow us to reduce emissions while maintaining our operational network as we transition from diesel to 100% natural gas. We look forward to the stations becoming operational.

In exchange for U.S. Oil constructing the three facilities, Time Transport commits to purchasing more than one million gallons of GAIN CNG per year. "This is a great win-win partnership," said Bill Renz, general manager for Gain Clean Fuel. "We're able to provide anchor CNG facilities to Time Transport and help them achieve their green initiatives."

The new stations will add to U.S. Oil's infrastructure goal to provide easy access to CNG in all of the major trucking sectors within the country. "We continue to see extremely impressive growth in the build out of our nationwide GAIN Clean Fuel network as more carriers seek to convert their fleets," Renz said. "We're on track to add at least 30 new stations per year."

One of the main advantages for fleets converting to CNG is that it is a cost-effective alternative to diesel fuel, offering a savings of more than $2-per-gallon equivalent. "Carriers are recognizing the fuel cost savings of CNG and, with a strong national network in place, are converting their fleets from operating on diesel fuel," Renz said. "In addition to the cost savings, CNG has lower carbon emissions, which is better for the environment, and it's also a domestically produced product, reducing the impact of global conditions typically seen on other fuels such as diesel."

Time Transport's fleet consists of more than 50 semi-tractors and dry-van trailers, hauling freight of all kinds, predominantly along the Milwaukee/Chicago corridor.

U.S. Oil is a division of U.S. Venture, located in Appleton, Wis., and currently operates 11 GAIN stations, and has an additional 12 new GAIN Clean Fuel stations under construction. With the plan of building 100 CNG stations nationwide in the next three years, U.S. Oil is meeting the growing demand from carriers seeking to take advantage of CNG's benefits.

Based in Appleton Wis., U.S. Oil is a division of U.S. Venture Inc., a leading energy and transportation products distributor and marketer. A convenience store retailer, it has 19 Express Convenience Centers in Wisconsin.